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COTTONWOOD MAN SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS ON CHILD SEX CRIMES

9/7/23


A COTTONWOOD MAN WAS SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS IN PRISON IN JULY AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY OF SIX COUNTS OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR.


ON JULY 24TH, 44-YEAR-OLD RANDY SCOTT YOUNG OF COTTONWOOD, WAS SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS IN PRISON BY YAVAPAI COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE KRISTA M. CARMAN.

YOUNG WAS A TEACHER AND COACHED GIRLS SPORTS AT A SCHOOL IN COTTONWOOD. IN LATE JANUARY OF 2012, YOUNG WAS FOUND WITH A YOUNG FEMALE STUDENT AT NIGHT IN A REMOTE LOCATION, FOR WHICH HE WAS TERMINATED FROM HIS EMPLOYMENT. SCHOOL STAFF FOUND YOUNG’S LAPTOP IN HIS CLASSROOM AND SEARCHED IT FOR LESSON PLANS. DURING THE SEARCH, NUMEROUS PHOTOGRAPHS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY WERE DISCOVERED. THE SCHOOL TURNED THE LAPTOP OVER TO THE YAVAPAI COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, WHICH CONDUCTED AN INVESTIGATION. A JURY TRIAL WAS SCHEDULED BUT YOUNG FAILED TO APPEAR AT THE TRIAL AND FLED TO IRELAND.


SOON AFTER YOUNG FLED THE COUNTRY, A LOCAL BICYCLE SHOP DISCOVERED YOUNG HAD EMBEZZLED MORE THAN $20,000 FROM THE BUSINESS AND STOLE TWO BICYCLES VALUED AT OVER $20,000. YOUNG WAS ULTIMATELY APPREHENDED AND BROUGHT BACK TO YAVAPAI COUNTY WHERE HE WAS TRIED IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR AND CONVICTED OF ALL COUNTS IN THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR CASE. YOUNG ULTIMATELY PLED GUILTY ON AUGUST 28TH, TO FRAUDULENT SCHEMES AND ARTIFICES AND THEFT CHARGES ARISING FROM THE CRIMES HE COMMITTED AGAINST THE BICYCLE SHOP, AND FAILURE TO APPEAR IN THE FIRST DEGREE FOR FAILING TO APPEAR AT HIS FIRST JURY TRIAL.


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